Michael is taking a break, and when and if he decides to return we’ll announce it here.
I plan to continue to post Linkathons on Wednesdays, here. As topics come to mind, I may write on those as well.
Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens co-wrote an article for The New York Times which has been much debated on the internet. Its title is The Evangelical Rejection of Reason.
A somewhat related article on the BioLogos website is from Mark H. Mann, in which he says
…it is easy to see why someone like Giberson or Stephens might presume the distinction between faith (religious) and science (secular): because that is what their audience generally assumes.
But this is exactly the division that we as Christians need to reject as we talk about the relationship between science and faith, and especially when it comes to providing a critique of Christian fundamentalism. Science belongs, I wish to argue, just as much to the church of Christ as it does to some so-called secular realm of knowledge. To treat the conversation otherwise is to give in to both the secular fundamentalists, who wish to see Christians surrender their faith in God for faith in science as the fount of all truth, and the Christian fundamentalists, who fear that any compromise with the secular ultimately amounts to selling out their fidelity to God.
A far more appropriate way to criticize the anti-intellectual and anti-scientific positions of Christian fundamentalists is to demonstrate how deeply anti-Christian and anti-biblical these positions truly are…
Perhaps we should help them out some.
I’ll get the ball rolling:
- Legion Of Loyal Calvinists and Arminians Together
- Gaither Homecoming Fellowships, Inc.
- We’re NOT These Guys
- Undamned Yankees
- We’re Not THEM, Either
- We’re of Jesus and Billy Graham
- Let’s Ask Al What He Thinks
- GigaChurch USA (HT to Bob)
- Golden Corral Buffet, Grill & Baptist Convention
- Maybe We Should Ask These Guys What They Think.
- …Or Whomever Owns This Gospelicious Monster Truck
- …Or One of These Really Famous People (Like Miley Cyrus) Wikipedia Says Are Southern Baptists
Remember, don’t be mean, and have fun!
Part II is planned to post sometime tonight.
For some reason, I felt strongly that I was to include this here: a report from NPR on a Los Angeles woman who traded gang life for family life.
I wanted to include Justin Taylor’s responses to Rachel Held Evans’s readers’ questions about Calvinism and Taylor promoting the article on his blog. The Q&A is innocuous enough, and the comments on the Q&A thread are the typical debates over Calvinism/Reformed theology. The comments on Taylor’s blog are noteworthy. Some of the readers went after Evans, one even questioning her salvation, and parts of that comment thread were, perhaps, indicative of religion at its worst.
I also wanted to include Taylor’s post on his blog on how Calvinists need to be nicer; and TonyP’s post on Christians fighting. These two have no connection to the previous two posts, but I thought they were relevant in light of endless debates over Calvinism and how poorly Evans was treated by some of Taylor’s readers.
Darryl Dash: “All around me I see pastors and authors who admit their struggles after they’ve resolved them. I still don’t see a lot of people who are okay with not being okay. I suppose we’re okay with weakness as a theory, but we’re not so comfortable with weakness as a way of life.”
Another NPR report, this one on the ever-loved and lovable Wal-Mart. Pure Americana 🙂
Fifteen definitions of Biblical counseling. How many of these involve getting yelled at at some point?
In case you can’t get enough of Pastor Mark…
Dan Phillips critiques Henry Blackaby’s view of God’s will.
One church’s list of recommended books for its members – very Acts29/Reformedish 🙂
(HT: American Jesus)